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Santa Tracking NORAD with Google Earth

You must be tracking Santa Claus through the NORAD site. This year, Google is joining the effort, and this holiday season, NORAD has partnered with Google to use technology including Google Maps, Google Earth, iGoogle and YouTube to track Santa. I can remember tracking Santa with my grandfather as a child, and I’m so proud to see my company carry on his vision of doing something this special for kids around the world.

The countdown begins December 1st on NORAD’s website, where families can find a new kid-friendly game or activity every day until December 24th. And starting at 1:00 am PST on December 24th, you’ll be able to track Santa’s trip in real time. You can download Google Earth and add the NORAD Tracks Santa iGoogle gadget to your iGoogle page anytime, but make sure to come back to noradsanta.org on December 24th to download the special Santa Tracking file for an enhanced 3D Santa-tracking experience.

If you’ve never seen it, what happens in the past at the NORAD site is that you can see Santa flying over various landmarks, with a new one appearing as midnight approaches in each part of the world. Here’s a clip that Mashable spotted showing what’s happened in the past:[SEL Blog]

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